How much money did you spend at a local, independent business this week? Books from a used book shop instead of Amazon? Fruit from a farmer’s market instead of a grocery chain? Perhaps you hired a local handyman to fix that leak in your sink.
Superior Woodcraft, a handcrafted custom cabinetry manufacturer based out of Doylestown, Penn., is known for two things: their exquisite cabinets and their activism in their community. Because they are an independent company, Superior Woodcraft is able to provide unparalleled service to their clients and return a majority of their revenue back to the community. Superior Woodcraft Vice President, Patrick Kennedy, an avid buy-local activist, is in the midst of several projects to promote buying from independent retailers.
Entrepreneur’s first Business & a Beer event, held March 10 at the bustling Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen in downtown Denver.
Sarah Marie Johnston and Chef Tom Gray of Bistro AIX in Jacksonville, Florida talk about the reasons to buy local. Special thanks to Sarah Marie, Chef Tom and GOLo Jacksonville for helping make this video possible.
Talia Wunder had a career in accounting before opening a retail store full of local-only products in Santa Paula, California, in May 2011. Since Wunder is a former bean counter, I figured she would be the right person to ask about how much her local-only angle has helped her bottom line.
Next time the coffee at your local deli seems weak, consider it’s working much harder than a Starbucks latte.
Did you know that locally owned businesses give twice as much to local charities as national chains? Here’s a great example from Three Birds Tavern.
When Marty Bursky’s entrepreneurial fever took hold in the early 1990’s and he decided to open a lighting company, he had a certain vision in mind of what his store would look like. Cleveland Lighting kept in line with his vision for almost 15 years, until a fire destroyed the entire showroom. Although the fire devastated Marty’s showroom, Marty and his new business partner, his son Matt, decided to turn their misfortune into opportunity. The building that contained only ashes and rubble two years ago is now an award winning lighting showroom that houses more than 2,000 light fixtures from across the globe.
By Jamaliya Cobine – Huffington Post 6.9.2011 My refrigerator is full of vegetables… If you asked me a couple of years ago if I would pay a sizable lump sum for a weekly random selection of vegetables I would have said no. When you take the granola, go-green, buy-local message out, a C.S.A Share (Community Supported Agriculture Share) is just that. Read more…
Although Alex and Lesley Tweedie, high school sweethearts and owners of Roscoe Village Bikes, are dependent on each other, they are firm believers in buying and selling independent. Their relationship, which began in 1996, has spawned an independent bike shop, a shop dog, Buddy, who has his own charity, and an online marketplace for independent retailers.